Neither plant nor animal, fungi inhabit a kingdom all their own. They
are surprising and wildly diverse, ranging from the button mushrooms at
your local supermarket, to yeasts, to shockingly colorful specimens that
look like they could be from another planet—and they’re enjoying a
moment, thanks to the hit documentary by director and cinematographer
The wonder of mushrooms, with photos from filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg.
by Louie Schwartzberg’s groundbreaking documentary, here is a year of
exquisite photographs that capture the wildly diverse and stunningly
beautiful world of fungi–which are neither plant nor animal, but inhabit
a kingdom all their own. There’s the Yellow Stagshorn, with its bright,
fingerlike tendrils. The purple-capped Gymnopus sp. And the
intricately grooved Black Morel. Accompanying the images are detailed
captions packed with species information and fascinating facts: While a
mushroom may not look like it’s doing much, it’s actually releasing
about 30,000 spores from under its cap every second.